War for Europe meant war for the world. Germany gambled that Britain might risk everything to protect her Empire – even victory on the Western Front. So, to divert British resources, maverick German commanders led the British a dance; across the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. They became legends in Germany and Britain – men like Admiral Graf von Spee, who inflicted Britain’s greatest naval defeat for 250 years. The global war sucked in Africans, Chinese and Indians to serve in France. Meanwhile the war in Africa exploited its people and left behind a wasteland.